Screenshots and screencasts in Ubuntu

Take a screenshot

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of the desktop.

  • Alt+Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of a window.

  • Shift+Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of an area you select.

automatically saved in your Pictures folder

If you do not have a Pictures folder, the images will be saved in your home folder instead.

You can also hold down Ctrl with any of the above shortcuts to copy the screenshot image to the clipboard instead of saving it.

 

Make a screencast

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R to start recording what is on your screen.

    A red circle is displayed in the top right corner of the screen when the recording is in progress.

  2. Once you have finished, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R again to stop the recording.

  3. The video is automatically saved in your Videos folder in your home folder, with a file name that starts with Screencast and includes the date and time it was taken.

If you do not have a Videos folder, the videos will be saved in your home folder instead

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